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on the roads. the blizzard is moving east this morning, bearing down on west texas, oklahoma city, and much of kansas. by the time it's over, there may be 15 inches of snow on the ground. time for the rest of the weather from across the nation. gusty winds from new orleans to tennessee. heavy rain and thunderstorms from east texas, little rock, and atlanta. snow from the cascades to the colorado rockies. rain around seattle and portland. >> 42 in boise. 36 in salt lake city. mostly 30s in the nation's midsection. 40s in the northeast. >>> when we come back, the aftermath of a wild weekend for nascar. >>> plus business news, have gas prices finally topped out? new indications that relief is on the way. >>> and we'll go back to l.a., for much more on the oscars, the morning after. including the most talked about dress on the red carpet. stay with us. >>> welcome back. gas prices are getting closer to $4 a gallon. but they might not get there. gasoline this morning averages $3.78 a gallon, 47 cents more than a month ago. there's hope. the wholesale price is coming down as refineries finish ann
yesterday. blowing snow created near-whiteout conditions in duluth. and several cities declared know emergencies, including minneapolis and st. paul. >>> also snowplows and shovels are still working nonstop this morning to clean up from that monster blizzard that pummeled the northeast over the weekend. >> hamden, connecticut, is buried under 40 inches of snow. take a look at this incredible photo from nearby trumbull, what one woman saw as she opened her front door. abc's tahman bradley has the latest. >> reporter: this morning, cleanup continues across the northeast. it will take days to recover from this massive blizzard. >> it's horrible. when you do shovel your driveway, the plows come and put the snow back on to the driveway. >> reporter: utility crews are working around the clock to restore power to those left in the cold and dark. >> we have no power, no heat, no electricity, no nothing. >> reporter: clearing snow-filled roads has been a difficult task. an army of plows worked on the long island expressway. one of new york's busiest. at the height of the storm, some drivers h
're still digging out. bridgeport got 30 inches. and residents are angry the city isn't doing more. the mayor says the plows can't handle the massive amount of snow. >>> and we're finding out more this morning about the sheer power of the tornado that barreled through hattiesburg, mississippi. it was an ef-4. the twister raced across 70 miles in 3 counties, damaging or destroying nearly 600 homes. more than 80 people were injured. but amazingly, not one person was killed. >> very lucky folks. that could have been a lot worse. >>> time, now, for a look at weather across the country on this fat tuesday morning. a mild day will help melt away in a northeast snow. also some flurries for upstate new york and northern new england. drenching rain and flash flooding from new orleans to atlanta. up to four inches of snow around amarillo, oklahoma city and wichita. on top of that, rain and mountain snow in the pacific northwest. >> mostly 40s in the northwest. 82 in miami. and 73 in new orleans. >>> coming up next after the break, new reasons to check your credit report. >>> plus, a developi
, the death toll is rising following an explosion in mexico city. at least 25 people were killed and more than 100 hurt after a blast ripped through the headquarters of a state-run oil company. three stories of the building were affected. the blast occurred in the basement of the building. investigators are not sure what caused it. >>> we're also tracking new developments in alabama, where the hostage standoff is entering its fourth day. the gunman and the 5-year-old boy he kidnapped remain in an underground bunker stocked with supplies. ne gauche yarts talking with 65-year-old suspect jimmy lee dykes through a ventilation pipe. they do not believe the boy, who is autistic, has been harmed. dykes allegedly grabbed the boy after shooting his school bus driver on tuesday. >>> now the shuffle going on in president obama's cabinet. it usually happens at the start of a second term. today, the focus is on the foreign policy team. tahman bradley is watching the ever-changing lineup and joins us from washington with more. hi, tahman. >> reporter: hey, rob and sunny. a lot of action with president obam
to be swift, heavy and dangerous. >> stay off the streets of our city. basically, stay home. >> reporter: the storm already struck the midwest, blanketing chicago with snow and leaving cars in ditches in wisconsin. along the densely i-95 corridor from new york, boston and beyond, preparations are under way. crews across the region loaded up salt trucks and are ready to hit the road. >> it will probably be a long four days, which is tough on anybody. >> reporter: no doubt, there is a lot of work ahead. new york has 6,300 miles of streets to plow. >> we have more than 250,000 tons of salt on-hand. >> reporter: in new jersey, residents brace for the storm, even though they haven't recovered from the devastation left behind by superstorm sandy. >> trying to batten down the hatches here, if any storms are coming. the last one ruined us totally. >> reporter: new england residents rushed out to stock up on essentials. >> this is panic shopping. so, bread, milk, a snow shovel in case our snow shovel breaks. >> reporter: the fire department was even called into a supermarket in salem, massachuset
's day, head on over to miami. it's 82 degrees. >> not a bad call. that's a sexy city. not a bad holiday. >>> well, they've been staying out of the spotlight for a week. but today, the winners of virginia's $217 million powerball jackpot are coming forward. >> the lucky ticket was bought at a self-service lottery machine at richmond's airport, which means that the winner could have -- could have been anywhere. but it turns out that they were nearby all along. a virginia couple. >> that's a lot of roses. >> a lot of money. >> enjoy it. >>> coming up, the most dependable cars on the road. the new rankings that are just out. >>> and they're making official today a major merger in the airline industry. but what does it mean to travelers? >>> plus, some disappointing news for all the -- lady gaga's little monsters. she will not be on the stage again anytime soon. ñcñ?xús1@ú? >>> welcome back, everybody. it is clear skies for another airline megamerger. we are expecting an announcement today that american airlines and u.s. airways will join, creating the world's largest carrier. their boar
and wyoming. >> teens from fargo to minneapolis. 28 in the windy city. 48 in beantown. 50s from atlanta to the big easy. >>> it's okay to check your 401(k) statements again. balances are at an all-time high. >>> and are the pennies' days finally numbered? >>> and the breaking story shocker overnight. a meteorite falling in russia. we'll be right back. >>> and welcome back, everybody. well, toyota is paying up. the automaker says it will pay $29 million to dozens of states as part of a new settlement over recalls. those states claim that toyota sales notified customers promptly about sudden acceleration problems. toyota says it will give its american executives more decisionmaking power. >>> have you checked your 401(k) balance lately? the average balance rose 12% in the last year to just over $77,000. that includes 20-somethings. the average for those age 55 and older is $143,000. and it's higher for those who have been with the same plan for ten years. that's about $100,000 higher. >>> the irs wishes the taxpayers would show a little more patience. the tax agency says the where's my re
the plains. heavy snow into kansas city. that snow extending towards chicago. amid chicago, three to six inches in the chicago area. most of this has fallen, though, by the time is said and done. the snow ends here through the morning through kansas city. likely over a foot. this snow then extends towards the northeast, into wednesday. rob and diana, back to you. >> thanks, jim. appreciate that. keep it here for the latest forecast, coming up in just a little while on "good morning america." >>> in other news this morning, the president travels to virginia today to highlight the impact of those looming budget cuts on the defense industry. yesterday, he spoke to the nation's governors on that very same issue. but top republican leaders accuse the president of simply trying to scare americans. abc's karen travers reports from washington. >> reporter: congress has a major deadline looming on friday. and president obama says it's time to put politics aside. >> at some point, we have to do some governing. >> reporter: if lawmakers don't come up with an alternative plan, $85 billion in automat
, residents at midland city, alabama, reflected on the ordeal. >> right now, we're truly blessed. truly blessed to see god work a miracle in our hometown. >> people are grieving here, the loss of the way of life. many people here don't keep their doors locked. things are going to change in our community, especially for our school system. >> reporter: little ethan, who has autism and adhd, is said to be doing well. his classmates are throwing him a big birthday party. rob and diana? >> a happy birthday for that little guy. all right. tahman bradley, live in washington. thanks, as always, tahman. >>> also, in other news this morning, an increasing number of lawmakers are expressing concern of the obama administration's use of drone strikes. the concern stems from new evidence on how much authority the administration believes it has to kill suspected terrorists, even if they're american citizens. abc's jon karl reports. >> reporter: a newly disclosed justice department document say american citizens tied to al qaeda can be killed, if, quote, an informed high-level official believes the tar
kansas. traveling i-70 is going to be dangerous. 6 to 12 in kansas city and omaha. rob and diana, back to you. >> thanks, jim. stay safe, everybody. >>> now to south africa and a bombshell this morning in the bail hearing for olympic star oscar pistorius. it all involves the lead investigator in the murder case, detective hilton botha. police this morning announced botha himself is facing seven counts of attempted murder. it all stems from an incident back in 2011. that's when botha and two other officers fired shots at a minibus. prosecutors say they were simply unaware of those charges when they put both on the stand yesterday. his testimony casts some new doubt on the case against pistorius. botha was forced to admit that authorities have no evidence to challenge pistorius' claim that he killed reeva steenkamp by accident, believing at the time she was an intruder. a judge could rule as early as tomorrow whether pistorius will be released on bail. >>> back here at home, a deadly plane crash in georgia. five people were killed last night when the small jet ran off the runway and cras
, it was enough to set a snowfall record there. that city has been buried in 53 inches of snow just this month. the old record was 46 inches. >> wow. >>> and as for today, michigan could get a bit more snow, believe it or not. along with northern new york and new england. light snow also in the appalachians and in the western mountains. rain for the northwest coast and showers in florida. >> spring-like temperatures in the southwest. in the 50s for most of the east coast. and seasonable readings through most of the middle of the country. >>> coming up after the break, stocks soaring again. closing in on an all-time high. >>> plus, border police find a new tool in the cross-border drug wars. a canon? >>> and later in "the pulse," a unique rescue effort to save a deer and her fawn. >>> and welcome back. wall street is getting closer to a record. the dow jones industrial average is closing in on its all-time high after gaining 175 points yesterday. it's now just 89 points from the record set in october of 2007. since the beginning of the year, the dow has gained 7.5%. >>> the news isn't so good f
midland city, alabama. even president obama praised authorities for saving the boy. rob and diana? >> great news he made it out alive and right in time for his birthday. tahman bradley, live in washington. thanks, tahman. >>> gun control, of course, is a top priority for the president. mr. obama took his message on the road yesterday, with a visit to a minneapolis police station. here's abc's jonathan karl. >> reporter: faced with an uphill battle in congress, the president took his campaign for new gun control measures on the road. >> we're not going to wait until the next newtown. >> reporter: the central component of the president's plan is requiring virtually anybody buying a gun to get a background check. but the audience in minneapolis has seen that that's not enough. last september, just a few miles from where the president spoke, minnesota suffered its worst ever mass shooting. the local sheriff met with president obama and believes the current system simply misses too much. >> we've identified gaping holes in the background checks. it's really become what is america's dir
. also, snow could make driving dangerous in the windy city and in des moines. >> and with all those canceled flights, air travel may be a problem. delays are possible in chicago, minneapolis, detroit, atlanta, charlotte and new orleans. >>> well, no traces of a dangerous bacteria has been detected in the water supply of a los angeles hotel, where a body was found inside of its water tank. but health officials are still trying to determine if the water is safe to drink. the remains of 21-year-old canadian tourist elisa lam were pulled from that tank this week. people who live near the area were not as shocked as the hotel guests. >> it's not exactly a safe neighborhood. and to go out at night, you kind of have to know the neighborhood, really watch your back. i think it's unfortunate. she probably didn't know what kind of neighborhood she was in. >> the coroner still hasn't determined how lam died. hotel guests had been drinking and bathing in that water for week, by the way. >> ooh, man. >>> here at home, something you don't see every day. three army paratroopers had to be rescued f
of the snow's weight is collapsing roofs. that one caught on camera in kansas city. another collapsed in oklahoma killed a man. he's one of three people who died because of the blizzard. the experts say a foot of heavy wet snow on your roof can add up to 20 pounds per square foot. that's the same as several parked cars. >>> in colorado, the blowing snow there has motorists stranded on an interstate. it also forced about 50 students to spend the night at their school. conditions got so bad yesterday afternoon, their buses had to go back to the school. there's no class today. but the kids still have to get home. >>> two days, now, until massive federal budget cuts are set to kick in. and the effects are already being felt. indianapolis had to cancel its annual air show because the military jets, which play a big role, have been grounded. but no official talks on this crisis are scheduled yet. abc's tahman bradley reports, now, from washington. >> reporter: with just two days left before the automatic spending cuts, democrats and republicans sound frustrated. >> we should not have to mov
came just hours after her sister was on stage with president obama. he was in the windy city touting his gun control proposals. >> ironically enough. >>> after chicago, the president headed to florida, where he had a golf date yesterday with tiger woods. they played at the exclusive club where mr. obama spent the weekend. no media coverage was allowed. it was the first time the president played with woods. he was overheard telling woods at one point that it's good to see him playing well again. you have to imagine, what did the president and tiger woods chat about on the links? i would like to be a fly on that, putt, i guess. >>> well coming up, prices going up on things you need, like gas and food. is there any relief in sight? >>> and new developments in the murder investigation surrounding oscar pistorius. his girlfriend's mother breaking her silence. >>> and a major distiller caves to extreme public pressure, reversing a controversial call. >>> and welcome back. the experts are scratching their heads over a gasoline mystery. prices are still soaring, now at $3.71 gallon, an incre
, the stronghold of the government of president bashar assad, becomes a city under siege. it is a dirty war, in a crucial country. just look at the map. the chaos engulfing syria threatens to spill over into iraq on one side, israel and lebanon on the other. a nightmare scenario for the u.s. the united nations now estimates that 70,000 people have been killed in the fighting. though, no one really knows. damascus is quiet. some light traffic. no one really walking around. 5 million people hunkered down, as the terrible war that is tearing their country apart has now arrived here, in fierce battles raging in the city's suburbs. >> that's terry moran for us in damascus. terry is in syria, with permission from the government there. he'll be reporting on the conflict throughout the week. >>> one more note from overseas. we learned overnight who is likely responsible for recent internet attacks on the u.s. government and businesses. a security firm tells "the new york times" it can tie those attacks to the chinese army. the company has traced the attacks to a building in shanghai used by an army
, houston, oklahoma city could see some showers. we'll have some rain in the pacific northwest. snowfall for denver, starting around dinner time. california dries out after yesterday's storm. it will be pretty quiet here on the east coast. >> and it's another day of bone-chilling cold in the upper midwest. minneapolis will struggle to get above ten degrees. new york, boston and baltimore are in the upper 30s. phoenix is in the mid-50s, when the normal high is usually 60. miami, as usual, the shot spot, around 80 degrees. >>> and coming up, we'll have a live report, as we welcome our friend robin roberts back to "gma," just a few hours from now. >>> plus, business news. how did hackers take a big, old bite right out of apple? >>> and think your morning latte is pretty pricey? we'll show you the most expensive starbucks drink, ever. >>> and welcome back. gas prices are now rising at the fastest pace in nearly a decade. prices are up almost half a dollar per gallon in the last month, at a time of the year when they're usually low. gas already tops $5 a gallon in some cities. many analysts p
and northern rockies. >> 40s from salt lake city to boise. 16 in fargo. 10 in the twin cities. 20s from omaha to detroit. 30s in the northeast. >>> up next after the break, bad news for drivers. gas prices on the rise yet again. >>> and the weekend death of a decorated navy s.e.a.l. putting the spotlight on post-traumatic stress disorder. >>> more from super bowl xlvii. when the lights went out, advertisers got a little creative. >>> welcome back, everyone. the bulls are running on wall street. this morning, the dow opens above 14,000 for the first time in more than five years. since before the financial crisis. that's only about 150 points from its all-time high set in october 2007. the dow is now up almost 7% since the beginning of the year. >> open those 401(k)s perhaps, folks. >>> gasoline prices are going up. aaa says the average price this morning is $3.51 a gallon, an increase of almost 17 cents in a week. it's even a few cents higher than a year ago. analysts expect the rise to stop well before four bucks gallon and average well under last year's record prices. >>> u.s. pickup truck s
, cascades and rockies. slick from dallas to kansas city. snow-covered roads in the upper midwest. rain drenches highways from new orleans to north carolina. >> and if you're flying today, airport delays are possible in chicago, detroit, atlanta, charlotte and san francisco. >>> there's a massive manhunt underway in southern california right now for a murder suspect described as armed and dangerous. investigators say former lapd officer, christopher dorner, has admitted to killing a popular college basketball coach and her fiance. >> revenge was the apparent motive. the coach's daughter had represented dorner when he was fired from the p.d. in a rambling confession posted online, dorner wrote, quote, i never had an opportunity to have a family of my own. i'm terminating yours. >>> a bombshell in the lance armstrong scandal now. he is reversing course and is now expected to come clean, under oath, to anti-doping authorities. armstrong had until yesterday to testify about using illegal drugs during his cycling career. but authorities have now given him a two-week extension. his testimony
in washington, d.c., philly, new york city, and minneapolis. >>> and back to the news this morning. a huge asteroid is about to zip by our planet. but fear not, folks. it ain't the end of the world. >> the asteroid is about half the size of a football field, which would make it one of the largest ones in recorded history to come so close to earth. on friday, it will just pass within 17,000 miles. that's closer than some communication and weather satellites. and the biggest danger, it could knock out your phone service. >> oh. >> nothing to worry about. >> that's intolerable. >>> a utah family is breathing a sigh of relief after surviving a dramatic crash-landing. and it was all caught on camera. as you can see, the private plane they were in came to rest in a snowy field upside-down. the man recording the video had arranged the flight to celebrate his wife's birthday. and it was her first time ever on a plane. her mom and infant son were also onboard. everyone, though, luckily walked away. just a few minor injuries. but shaken, to say the least. >> it will be a while until she gets back in
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